Palestinians in Palestine still overwhelmingly against Assad

As Assad opts for a modest 88.7% win for his third term, the latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey reaffirms that the self-designated liberator of Palestine continues to be flatly rejected by Palestinian in Palestine. The survey found that 83% of Palestinians under occupation consider Bashar Al Assad “unfavorable”, 65% of which regard him as “very unfavorable”

The survey confirms the prevailing contempt towards Assad, reasserting what surveys from previous years have already indicated.

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source: 2014 Spring Pew Global Attitudes Survey

There are some who might regard a survey from Pew as being suspect. They are free to revisit polling data from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research which point to the same conclusion. There will also be those who try to suggest that they share the Palestinian disdain for Assad but that he continues to be the lesser of evils and should remain on his throne. Palestinians under occupation disagree. The same survey found that 72% of Palestinians in Palestine thought that Bashar al Assad should step down, thereby showcasing their refusal to adopt the faulty “lesser of two evils” logic and the often misguided conclusions it leads to.

People are free to take their political cues from Palestinians. But they would be well advised to first ensure they fully grasp what Palestinian opinion is.


Talal Alyan

Talal is a Palestinian-American writer based in Brooklyn. He tweets here.

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